In which we embrace the plant-base
(Oh hi, it’s been a while, we’re changing things on the blog, etc.) We’ve been cooking a lot of plant-based dishes lately. This summer, we had a big scare when Justin’s dad had a heart attack. He’s doing great now (walking a lot, eating better, and losing weight!), but at the time, we just didn’t […]
Independence Day = Hope
Day of the Dad
It’s midnight, so technically it’s not Father’s Day anymore. But I’m still thinking of my dad, and his smile, and how he magically knows how to do everything, from baiting a hook to building a miniature dollhouse, from frying Oreos to rebuilding a 1955 Cameo, and how he worries about me, in his quiet way, […]
Don’t Let Me Down
Sometimes, when the world feels a little crazy, I look for this video. It’s the rooftop, and the wind, and the fur coats and the Bobby hats, and George laughing, and the cameraman in the shot, and the way the song just feels like a bit of fear and a bit of hope, and the […]
If you only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are. — Montesquieu
This video is my new stress therapy. Mystic Norway from Tomi Rantanen on Vimeo.
This is not a recipe: Hobo Joes
Some of my favorite dishes don’t come from a printed recipe – they come from a friend or family member or acquaintance who jots something down or tells you the ingredients quickly over the phone. My mom used to make Hobo Joes for us when I was a kid. I have no idea where that […]
When you’re old
When you’re old, you might whine a little bit. You might complain that people don’t pay enough attention to you, or that the temperature is too cool, or that no one gave you water from the sink. You might yell when people are on the phone, or pout in a corner, or hide in the […]
And then there’s this.
Some days, life seems like so much mud, and you’re sloshing through, trying to make progress, trying to move forward. It’s so hard, so tiring, so thick with doubt, and you feel like maybe you should just stop and become one with the mud. But some days, the sun sets just so, and the music […]
Today was our 17th anniversary. 17! How are we possibly old enough to have been married 17 years? So we had a late lunch at one of our favorite places, and we talked about life, and we danced to this song in the living room. I’m a little scared of growing old, but if my […]